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RESEARCH


The SC Commission for Minority Affairs’ Research Services exists to provide critical data and information for decision-making purposes. Research Services seeks to assists the general public, public officials, private sector, non-profit, and faith-based organizations with statistical data and analysis.

The goal of Research Services is to both create and maintain a comprehensive database of statistics regarding each of the minority populations in which the Commission serves. In addition, the research staff is involved in conducting simple to complex research, public policy analysis, information dissemination and the development of publications which accurately reflect the current status of the minority populations in South Carolina.

The research conducted by the staff of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs will provide ongoing statistical data, public policy analysis, and survey based research. The research and related findings involve the following:

  • To study the causes and effects of the socioeconomic poverty and deprivation facing minorities;
  • To provide statistical data and policy recommendations to state agencies and public officials to implement initiatives to alleviate such deprivation;
  • To establish and maintain a database of statistical information for distribution to members of the General Assembly and other entities capable of effecting change;
  • To serve as the State’s clearinghouse for minority statistical information and to publish a Statewide statistical abstract on minority affairs;
  • To provide communities with a single point of contact to obtain raw data and information necessary for local research and planning;
  • To develop and make available on an as-needed basis specialized statistical publications, raw data, analysis and findings in cooperation with state agencies, public officials, and the general public

Annual Reports and Accountability Reports

South Carolina laws require that each state agency submit an annual accountability report to the Governor and General Assembly that contains the agency’s or department’s mission, objectives to accomplish the mission, and performance measures that show the degree to which objectives are being met.

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs reports to the Office of State Budget its annual accountability report that includes an executive summary, organizational profile including leadership system, program descriptions and budgets, and program results.

FY 2011-12 Accountability Report
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 2012)

Annual Accountability Report, fiscal year 1998-1999
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 1999-10-15)

Annual Accountability Report, fiscal year 1997-1998
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 1998-10-16)

Annual Accountability Report, fiscal year 1996-1997
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 1997-10-15)

Annual Accountability Report, fiscal year 1995-1996
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 1996)

Annual Accountability Report, fiscal year 1994-1995
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (South Carolina State Library, 1995)

Educational Aspects Research Studies

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs publishes documents on minority concerns in the state, including a statistical profile by counties, community resource directory, and results from education surveys.  Here you will find reports that relate to the educational aspects of the state’s minority population.

Executive summary, Student Achievement and Vision Education (SAVE) proviso 55.5

Washington, Benjamin Jr. (South Carolina State Library, 2010-03)
This Executive Summary provides key findings and recommendations regarding the delivery of early childhood education for children ages 0 to 5. Proviso 55.5 – Student Achievement and Vision Education or the (SAVE) Proviso is the piece of legislation that authorized the State Commission for Minority Affairs to examine the impact of investments by the state in early education and care for populations ages 0 to 5. This Final Report provides summary recommendations, as well as individual chapter recommendations related to Proviso 55.5.
 

Student Achievement and Vision Education (SAVE) proviso 55.5 Chapter 1

South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (Washington, Benjamin Jr.)

Student Achievement and Vision Education (SAVE) proviso 55.5 Chapter 2

South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (Washington, Benjamin Jr.)

Student Achievement and Vision Education (SAVE) proviso 55.5 Chapter 3

South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (Washington, Benjamin Jr.)

Student Achievement and Vision Education (SAVE) proviso 55.5 Chapter 4

South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (Washington, Benjamin Jr.)

The Economic Benefits of Pre-School in South Carolina

Belfield, Clive R. (South Carolina State Library, 2008-01)
This analysis begins with a description of the current opportunities for South Carolina’s children to enroll in early education programs, including information on total state funding. Next, is outlined options for significantly expanding pre-school options but also maintaining high quality. These new policies are then evaluated to determine the likely economic consequences.

Statistical Profiles by Counties

The Commission for Minority Affairs has published the Statistical Profile by Counties from 1995-2004.  These reports provide information regarding the socio-economic status of minorities and their contribution to the overall socio-economic prosperity of the state.

The fact sheets address the status of poverty, income, single parent families, educational attainment, child birth rates, drug use, the criminal justice system, unemployment, and state assistance programs.